Tuesday, 31 October 2017

WCW Fall Brawl 2000

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that comes back from the dead more times than The Undertaker! It is WCW's Fall Brawl 2000 which is headlined by Kevin Nash defending against Booker T and Scott Steiner challenges Goldberg! Those are big matches but do I have faith in WCW to pull off these matches? More than likely not but I have to try so here it is!


Opening Promo


The matches are recapped through stop motion with WCW action figures, Booker T's attire is horribly outdated so it comes off as the right thing for WCW, they cannot even execute a simple promo properly. Anyways, Steiner vs Goldberg will be awesome based on those promos.



(WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match) Elix Skipper (C) W/ Major Gunns vs Kwee Wee W/ Paisley



We went from Lt. Loco and Juvi to Kwee Wee and Elix Skipper, that is the change in just under two months. Kwee wee is a hair stylist turned wrestler while Skipper is my favourite wrestler to watch fuck things up in TNA, they start out matwrestling with Kwee Wee beating Skipper until Skipper stomps Kwee Wee and nails huge uppercuts. Two for Skipper, Kwee Wee elevates Skipper to the apron but Skipper leaps over for a forearm to the back and a dragon suplex for two. Slingshot leg drop by Skipper for two, reverse chinlock by the champion. Kwee Wee fires up, crossbody with Skipper botching falling over the top rope. Skipper drops Kwee Wee off the apron, huge moonsault that Skipper wipes out the camera.




Two for Skipper in the ring, punch to the face by Skipper. Short powerbomb from Kwee Wee, here are The Natural Born Thrillers. Knee lift by Kwee Wee, huge hiptoss and a Lou Thesz press. Dropkick by Kwee Wee for two, back body drop by Skipper for two. Skipper is thrown to the floor, Kwee Wee drops Skipper across the guard rail. Mike Sanders enters the ring and wipes out the knee of Kwee Wee, Paisley slaps Skipper is that not a DQ? Crossbody that Kwee Wee rolls through, Skipper attacks the leg. Matrix spot and chop block by Skipper, Overdrive and Skipper wins this match.



This was all over the place, quality of the roster is at an all-time low but I fear it will get worse as the year finishes out, finish was bizarre too. They set up the leg being injured and Kwee Wee fought back for a minute and flat as a pancake, Skipper hits one of the worst finishes you have ever seen. Skipper was nowhere ready for pay per view and Kwee Wee feels like a straight swap for The Prince Formerly Known As Prince Iaukea.



Winner: Elix Skipper over Kwee Wee via Overdrive!



Three Count vs MIA



This should be some fun comedy between these two, I spy with my little eye The Destroyer sitting in the crowd. Sweet Jesus that poor legend had to watch this trash! Loco and Shannon start, elbows and a snapmare by Shannon. Chop by Loco, wheelbarrow suplex by Loco. Tag to Cajun, lefts and theatrics before an Irish whip but Shannon nails a moonsault. Karagias comes in, flapjack by Cajun. Helms hits Cajun from the ropes, leaping calf kick by Karagias. In comes Helms and Awol, spinebuster by Awol. Tag to Cajun, scoop slam and Cajun is tripped from the outside by Helms. Samoan Drop:Neckbreaker combination by Helms and Shannon for two, Shannon puts the boots to Cajun.




High knee in the corner, rocker dropper for two. Karagias tags in and combines with Shannon for a suplex/crossbody combination. Powerslam by Karagias on Cajun, huge elbow for two. Sunset flip by Helms for two, Cajun begins to fight back with Helms. Russian legsweep by Helms, twisting splash from the now legal Shannon. Shannon chokes Cajun, springboard facebuster by Cajun to stop Shannon. Tag to Awol, right hands to all the little men of Three Count, backbreakers and big boot. Low blow by Helms, Cajun is dropped by Shannon, springboard senton by Shannon. Loco dives onto Shannon, Karagias dives onto Cajun and Helms.




Helms wants to dive, Awol wants the chokeslam. Three count save one another and Awol is superkicked through the table, Loco is thrown into the ring. Helms superkicks Karagias by mistake, Loco powerbombs Shannon for two. Three Count double DDT Loco and Cajun, Awol is up and smacks around everyone. Cajun grabs Helms and nails a Samoan Driver for the win.




It was fun, Three Count were terrified of Awol. They built up to the tag quite well, the action was fast and everywhere, it was enjoyable. I thought I would have hated a match that was focused on Cajun but Cajun did fine in his rôle, Awol looked good and we had a fun six-man tag match at the end of the day.


Winners: MIA over Three Count via Samoan Driver!


Kronik vs The Harris Brothers (First Blood Leather Chain Match)



If there was ever two teams I did not want to see go at it, it would be these two. Kronik were the team to beat in the tag division, I voiced concern about who could they work with and this was WCW's answer. The Harris Brothers, fuck my luck. Bryan Adams knows the match will suck so Adams makes the match a first blood chain match. Double the stipulation, double the carnage. They brawl and brawl and brawl and brawl, lots of grunting and whipping, not much rhyme or reason. Referee takes a bump, one of The Harris Brothers is bleeding but he has a baseball bat with barbed wire on it. Don opens up Bryan Adams, The Harris Brothers are announced as the winners. GARBAGE/DUD!



Winners: The Harris Brothers over Kronik via First Blood!




(WCW United States Championship Match) Lance Storm (C) W/ Major Gunns vs General Rection W/ Jim Duggan




Do I smell a swerve? Of course I do, that is the only thing that happens in this company. General Rection is fighting for the championship and Major Gunns' freedom, Storm attacks Rection who fires up with chops of his own. Back drop, huge right hands and Storm is thrown to the floor. Storm tries a crucifix, samoan drop by Rection. Corner splash, Storm dodges the second splash, scoop slam by Storm. Rection has Storm on the top rope, superplex by Rection. Two for Rection, right handds before a low blow by Storm. Storm stomps Rection, huge boot and a lovely superkick by Storm for two. Dropkick by Storm for two, plancha by Storm.




Rection meets the guard rail, Storm taunts Duggan. Rection fights back, jawbreaker by Storm. Powerslam by Rection for two, Rection nails a Dr. Bomb for two. Dragon screw legwhip by Storm, Rection dodges the maple leaf.. German suplex by Rection, clothesline to the floor. Major Gunns has the referee distracted, Rection wants the moonsault and Duggan cracks Rection with the 2x4. Duggan turns heel and reveals to be a Canadian Patriot as Storm applies The Maple Leaf to a knocked out Rection.




Must I rate this mess? Why? Duggan is retired what is the payoff for this angle? Why do we have Rection competing for The US Championship when there are so many better workers in the company? This was an awful angle and waste of time, I have no interest in seeing the end of this debacle.



Winner: Lance Storm over General Rection via Shenanigans!




(Elimination Match) Natural Born Thrillers vs The Filthy Animals/Big Vito/ Paul Orndorff




So, we have a stable of everyone who is generic and green as goose shit against a group that spent months as heels despite their appeal as high-flying babyfaces, Orndorff's arm is so noticeable, the man was not joking when he said he did not get it corrected as he was working on top. Mysterio and Jindrak begin, Jindrak suplexes Mysterio. Back elbow by Jindrak, Mysterio is thrown to the floor. Jindrak is suckered in for a springboard leg drop, springboard by Mysterio goes wrong as Jindrak nails a sidewalk slam. Powerslam by O Haire, Juvi is in the ring. Kicks by Juvi, Juvi nails a springboard dropkick. O Haire slams Juvi with a falcon's arrow, Juvi is attacked by Jindrak before a headscissors by The Juice.




In comes Vito, Japanese armdrag and leg drop, tag by Disco. Inverted atomic drop and clothesline for two, tilt-a-whirl sidewalk slam by Jindrak. O Haire is in, superkick by O Haire. Swinging neckbreaker by Disco, rolling clothesline by Konnan. Superkick and K-Factor by Konnan, huge chop by O Haire. Konnan hits Disco by mistake, Disco Last Dances Konnan and Konnan is out of this match.



Konnan Has Been Eliminated!




Stamboli spinebusters Disco but misses the leg drop, Disco is not being tagged as Vito smacks Disco in the mouth. Reno nails Disco with CrossRhodes for the elimination.



Disco Has Been Eliminated!



Reno and Vito square off, there is supposed to be history between the two. Inverted atomic drop and mafia kick by Vito, Palumbo tags in but eats a Big Vito Special with Stamboli saving Palumbo. Vito has his bat, Stamboli nails Vito with a kendo stick. Roll of The Dice by Reno for the elimination.



Big Vito Has Been Eliminated!



Juvi and Reno reset, dropkick by Juvi. Ten punches, spinning heel kick from the top rope. Tag to Mysterio, splash by Mysterio and leg lariat by Juvi. Juvi Driver on Reno, leg drop on the nuts by Mysterio and Reno has been defeated.



Reno Has Been Eliminated!



O Haire and Jindrak attack the tag champions, Mysterio is on the floor. Juvi and O Haire are in the ring, missile dropkick by Juvi. Juvi tries a springboard but is caught, O Haire and Jindrak toss Juvi into the ring. O Haire nailes his Senton Bomb and Juvi has been eliminated.



Juvi Has Been Eliminated!



Orndorff takes out O Haire and Jindrak, Stamboli uses a kendo stick to hurt Orndorff. Orndorff takes the stick and waffles Stamboli, huge piledriver on Stamboli and Stamboli has been eliminated!



Stamboli Has Been Eliminated!



Jindrak misses a splash, Orndorff hammers O Haire. High knee by Orndorff, Orndorff Piledrivers Jindrak and hurts himslf on the piledriver. O Haire pins Orndorff for the elimination.



Orndorff Has Been Eliminated!



Jindrak eats a double bronco buster as Tygress and Mysterio ride poor Jindrak, referees crowd around Orndorff and this match is called off due to the injuries suffered to Orndorff. That was a disappointing end to what could have been a good match, such a shame and I hope Orndorff was able to recover quickly after the injury.






(Scaffold Match) Kidman & Madusa vs Torrie & Shane Douglas



Torrie is with Douglas, Kidman is back and wants revenge as Torrie left Kidman for The Franchise. Nice to see Madusa cut a passionate promo, also funny seeing Mean Gene calls people pissheads and pricks, this is an awful idea for a match as all we see is kicks and punches as there is little room for improvisation or moves. Madusa and Torrie spend half the match doing fuck all, Kidman sees Torrie but eats a powerslam by Douglas. Douglas is backdropped on the scaffold, Madusa is on the ladder. Sky High by Kidman on the scaffold. Franchiser by Douglas on Kidman, Madusa and Douglas fight on the ladder and Madusa falls safely onto a crash pad. Kidman is thrown off after a low blow from Torrie, Douglas and Torrie win the match. DUD!



Winners: Shane Douglas & Torrie Wilson over Madusa & Kidman via Hurling Them Off The Cage!



Vampiro W/ ICP vs The Great Muta vs Sting



They announce it as a three-way dance but I am not sure if Vampiro and Muta have issues, Sting is attacked by Jarrett backstage before the match. Sting and Vampiro start in the ramp, Muta and Vampiro double team Sting. Sting eats a facebuster on the chair, Vampiro shoves away Muta, a hint of dissension. They brawl into the crowd, chair into the neck by Muta. Sting sends Vampiro into the guard rail, Shaggy hands Vampiro the kendo stick. Vampiro rakes the eyes of Sting, Sting fires up like so many times before. Clotheslines and a Stinger Splash misses from Sting, diving clothesline by Vampiro. Flashing elbow by Muta, Sting eats a kick from Vampiro.



Muta slams Sting, Moonsault by Muta. Vampiro pulls off Muta, the two brawl with Sting grabbing his bat. Sting hammers everyone in the ring with the bat and Sting nails Muta with The Scorpion Death Drop. ICP and Vampiro assault Muta until Sting makes the save with Muta nodding his approval at his old rival. DUD!



Winner: Sting over The Dark Carnival via Scorpion Death Drop!



(Bunkhouse Brawl Match) Mike Awesome W/ Gary Coleman vs Jeff Jarrett



Mike Awesome has gone from killing everyone to lover of fat women to lover of everything seventies, Jarrett is in jeans rady for this type of street fight match. Jarrett taunts The Buffalo Bills, they look fairly drunk and ready for war, Jarrett insults Buffalo and Awesome. Typical heel stuff, they start brawling on the floor. Jarrett is whipped with a kendo stick, Jarrett meets the guard rail. Awesome meets the guard rail and is whipped with the belt, broom to the ribs by Jarrett. Clothesline by Awesome, they swing chairs at one another before Awesome wins the war and punishes Jarrett with the chair. Jarrett is laid on the table, Jarrett springs up and crotches Awesome.



Jarrett back drops Awesome through the table, barbed wire table is in the corner. Jarrett is whipped into the barbed wire twice, sitout powerbomb for two. Jarrett dodges the awesome splash, The Buffalo Bills jump the guard rail. The Bills push Jarrett, Awesome Bomb for two. Jarrett low blows Awesome, Jarrett has his guiatr but here comes Gary Coleman. Low blow by Gary, Jarrett smashes the guitar over Gary Coleman, Sting is here and we see a Scorpion Death Drop and now, Jarrett is beaten.



The blueprint match for Jarrett's TNA run with THE EQUIVALENT OF A NUECLEAR FUCKING BOMB TO take down Jarrett for a pin. Did you see all that horseshit? The Buffalo Bills? Gary Coleman and finally Sting takes down Jarrett. Go fuck yourself Jarrett, that is a crock of shit and you know it!



Winner: Mike Awesome over Jeff Jarrett via Shenanigans!




(No Holds Barred Match) Scott Steiner vs Goldberg



Babyface Goldberg is back! Babyface Goldberg put Midajah through the table with a Jackhammer, Goldberg is the babyface..... This company is so ass backwards it is incredible. Steiner got revenge by attacking Goldberg's girlfriend, Steiner is meant to be booed despite just gaining revenge for what Goldberg did to Midajah. This match has a big fight feel though, the company might be in the toilet but these two men seem like the big stars that the company wants you to believe in, right hands by Steiner but Goldberg nails a shoulder block. Gorilla press into a powerslam by Goldberg, Steiner bails after holding onto the ropes from an Irish whip.



Goldberg tastes the guard rail, clothesline and elbow drop for two. Stomps by Steiner, right hands and an Irish whip, Goldberg boots Steiner in the face. Double underhook suplex by Goldberg, right hands to the damaged face of Steiner. Steiner drops Goldberg with a cutter, belly to belly suplex by Steiner. Goldberg counters a tombstone for a powerslam, two for Goldberg. Steiner dodges the spear, Steiner goes to the top rope and Steiner eats a massive powerslam. Steiner powders, Goldberg is sent crashing into the steel steps. Here is Midajah, she is carrying a lead pipe. Steiner has Goldberg in the tree of woe, chair shots to the ribs by Steiner. Goldberg is bleeding, t-bone suplex by Steiner.



Backbreaker by Steiner for two, Goldberg fires up but Steiner nails a belly to belly overhead suplex. Steiner has the lead pipe, Spear by Goldberg. Goldberg calls for jackhammer, Russo whacks Goldberg with a baseball bat. Steiner gets a two, Steiner throws Goldberg to the floor and sends Goldberg into the guard rail. Goldberg is slammed through the table, Steiner Recliner on Goldberg. Goldberg reaches the ropes, Goldberg powers out and drops Steiner across the mat.



Steiner pushes and shoulder thrusts Goldberg, Goldberg is placed on the top rope. Goldberg knocks down Steiner, Midajah and Russo pummel Goldberg four times with bats, belly to belly suplex by Steiner that almost broke Goldberg's neck. Two for Steiner, Steiner Recliner on Goldberg again. Goldberg shakes off Steiner, Steiner has a chair. Neckbreaker by Goldberg, Russo is caught by Goldberg but Steiner cracks Goldberg with the lead pipe. Third Steiner Recliner and Goldberg is out-cold and Steiner wins the match.



An overbooked mess with complete madness throughout but there were some bright spots in this match. Steiner vs Goldberg looked like a match for the world championship, Goldberg throwing around Steiner was incredible, the crowd were eating up all of Goldberg's offense. Steiner, love him or hate him could put on a compelling match even if his body was broken down, the right opponent could lead to something special with Steiner. A tonne of nonsense though, Goldberg was cracked in the head with bats and lead pipes multiple times but when Steiner does it, it is a knockout? Come on if anyone cracks you with a lead pipe in the head you are done.



Winner: Scott Steiner over Goldberg via TKO!



(WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match) Booker T vs Kevin Nash (C) (Steel Cage Match)



Booker had vanquished Jarrett but the man who was number one contender extended friendship to Booker before destroying the champion. Former friends do battle inside the cage as Nash only cares for the championship while Booker is battling for main event status and recognition. Nash starts strong with knees and a corner clothesline, elbows by Nash. Nash misses an elbow, Booker fires back at Nash before a boot from Nash. Huge clothesline by Nash, two for Nash. Surfboard stretch by Nash, sidewalk slam by the champion for the two.




Nash is sent into the exposed turnbuckle, slam by Booker. Harlem Sidekick by Booker. Scissors Kick and Spinaroonie from Booker, Nash blocks The book-end. Chokeslam by Nash, Nash collapse in pain. Slow cover for two, Nash smacks Booker off the cage. Nash is sent into the exposed turnbuckle, Nash is raked off the cage and Nash is bleeding everywhere. Ten punches by Booker, low blow by Nash. Nash wants the powerbomb, Booker uses the cage to escape, missile dropkick for two. Nash blocks the kick and Booker eats a clothesline, two for Nash. Right hands by Booker, low blow by Nash. Big boot by Nash, Nash calls for a powerbomb. Booker slips out and nails one Book-End and this match is over.




I do not know how to feel about this main event, there was no overbooking, no false finishes, it was a fight plain and simple. Covering these shows, I come to expect lots of annoyance typically in the form of main events but that did not happen here. Booker and Nash got down to business, Nash was bleeding which is a rarity inside of the ring and Nash went for his finish, babyface Booker had a counter and Booker won the match in decisive fashion. I am shocked to see such a clean finish, guess I should not be surprised as there is no Jarrett or Russo in sight. Hats off to Nash and Booker for a simple yet effective cage match, I would have liked more of a struggle and maybe to see a bit more hatred and fire as it is a cage match but it really was enjoyable, a good end to the show.



Winner: Booker T over Kevin Nash via Book-End!




That was WCW's Fall Brawl 2000, a show full of wrestling that was almost unwatchable at times, I was less than impressed with what I had to sit through on this show. From wrestlers who were fresh out of the powerplant to wrestlers having to put on terrible gimmick matches to wrestlers taking everything except the kitchen sink for them to do a job to a wrestler injuring himself in the middle of the ring. This was a shit-show, like the majority of the company's year on pay per view. By this stage, it is hard to get excited about anything the comapny is putting on inside that ring but here I am, still watching and waiting for a moment of hope. Steiner had potential, Booker could have done so much as champion. The mid-card was simply not there though, these gimmick matches were ridiculous, feuds were not being closed out at all. Well, the company is going to continue to struggle on and I will be there waiting at the end to think what could have been. Thanks for reading and remember: There's always another night!



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